Evening top 5: One dead, two injured, after German car attack; Mexico warns of trade war with USA; Ireland beats France in Six Nation's game

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 One dead, two injured after German car attack

A 73-year-old German man has died in hospital, after an attacker, described as a 35-year-old German, drove a a rental car into a crowd in a city square in Heidelberg, Germany.

The suspect, who was also armed with a knife, then fled the scene and was shot and injured by police in a brief standoff before being taken to hospital.

It is not yet clear what the man's motives were, but a police spokesman has said that a terrorist background is not suspected and he appeared to have acted alone.

Suspect paid $90 dollars for prank attack on Kim Jong Nam

Indonesia's deputy ambassador to Malaysia has said that the Indonesian suspect in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother Kim Jong-nam was paid $90 US dollars to help carry out the attack.

Deputy Ambassador Andriano Erwin also repeated suspect Siti Aisyah's previous claim that she was duped into it, thinking she was taking part in a prank.

Authorities have said that Kuala Lumpur International Airport will be scanned for toxic chemicals tomorrow, after police say that the chemical used in the attack, VX nerve agent, is classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

Mexico warns of trade war over Trump's wall tax

Mexico's foreign minister Luis Videgaray has said that his country would respond to any tax levied by the US, warning that Mexico could impose levies on select goods aimed at US regions most reliant on exports south of the border, such as Iowa, Texas and Wisconsin.

Speaking about the prospect of losing US aid, Mexico's Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said his country now "has its own capabilities".

Mr Chong said diverting the remainder of the aid would not come close to paying for the wall, which has an estimated price tag of $21.6bn.

Laya Healthcare announces new price hike

Laya Healthcare has announced a new price hike for its costumers that will see the cost of all of the insurer's policies to  increase by 5.9% from the first of April.

The hike is set to cost a family with two children up to €450 euro extra per year.

Laya is blaming the rise on the significant and unsustainable increase in the cost of claims both in public and private hospitals.

Ireland recover to beat France

Ireland overcame a shaky start to defeat France 19-9 in today's Six Nations at the Aviva Stadium.

Although they initially struggled to arrest control in the wet conditions, a Conor Murray try accompanied by penalties from Johnny Sexton and Paddy Jackson as well as a drop goal from Sexton sealed the win in the end.

It was a compelling game, which saw Joe Schmidt's side recover from a six-point deficit to record a crucial win and revive their chances of winning the Six Nations championship.